4 Jun
2021

Biology students get hands-on experience at University of Limerick

first_imgJennifer Frawley, Ailish Cramer and Amy Crawford from Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally, Limerick at the University of Limerick biology workshop..Photo: Sean Curtin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement 1 of 5 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival At the UL Biology workshop wereNaomi Hannon and Emma Healy from Ardscoil Mhuire.Photo: Sean Curtin Previous articleHousing units were proposed for Limerick Opera Centre siteNext articleLimerick students will be able to track their academic progress Editor TAGSBiological Sciencesbiology studentsengineeringLeaving CertificatelimerickMunsterpractical experimentsProfessor Sean Arkinsscienceteacherstechnical teamUniversity of Limerick Erin Fitzgerald and Hannah Purcell, Ardscoil Mhuire at the biology workshop in University of Limerick.Photo: Sean Curtin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Zoe Roche, Ardscoil Mhuire conducting practical experiments at the University of Limerick.Photo: Sean Curtin 450 Leaving Certificate biology students from all over Munster are getting hands-on experience of the state-of-the-art laboratories at the University of Limerick this week.The Department of Biological Sciences at UL are giving the students an opportunity to conduct the laboratory practical experiments set on the Leaving Certificate Biology curriculum in a third level environment.The Leaving Certificate Biology Practical Sessions were first presented by the Department of Biological Sciences at UL eleven years ago.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Many biology leaving cert students throughout the country do not get the opportunity to actually carry out and practice the experiments included in their course work and a lot of secondary school laboratories simply don’t have the facilities to allow this” explained Professor Sean Arkins of the Department of Biological Sciences, UL.“Our biology laboratories have the most up to date experimental equipment to facilitate in depth research and experimentation.  It’s also a great opportunity for secondary school students to practically engage with the University. NewsEducationBiology students get hands-on experience at University of LimerickBy Editor – January 8, 2018 3099 Facebook WhatsApp Linkedin Amy Noonan and Ciara Clancy from Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally at the UL biology workshop.Photo: Oisin McHugh Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Ben Heinz, Newport College conducting laboratory practical experiments at the UL biology workshop.Photo: Oisin McHugh Twitter “The departments technical team as well as post graduate students and final year BSc Ed students who will be qualified as second level biology teachers at the end of this semester, will be present in the laboratories to assist students throughout the week and instruct them in conducting the experiments.The biology students will also be given information on programmes offered by the Biological Sciences Department and the Faculty of Science and Engineering at UL.More education news here Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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8 Dec
2020

Tri-Cities Opera’s “Cocoa and Carols” coming soon

first_imgTri-Cities says it wanted to give back to the community and spread cheer through art during this difficult year. To register or for more information click here. “I want them to be so thrilled and be smiling,” said John Rozzoni, General Director of Tri-Cities Opera, adding, “TCO is not going anywhere and we’re a part of this community.” (WBNG) — Some virtual, holiday cheer will be coming your way soon. Audiences can tune in online to watch a festive musical performance. Registration is free, but Tri-Cities says people can purchase a “Cocoa Care Package” which includes TCO mugs and tasty treats from “community-based Sinful Indulgence.” Tri-Cities Opera is hosting a holiday special called, “Cocoa and Carols,” which is sponsored by IBM. last_img read more

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18 Nov
2020

Human H5N1 cases reported in China, Thailand

first_imgDec 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two more human cases of H5N1 avian influenza have been confirmed, one in a Chinese woman who has recovered and the other in a 5-year-old Thai boy who died Dec 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.The cases increase the human toll of the virus over the past 2 years to 137 cases, including 70 deaths, according to the WHO. Exposure to poultry is the suspected cause in both of the latest cases.In China, a 31-year-old female farmer from the northeastern province of Liaoning became ill Oct 30 and was treated for severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress before she recovered, the WHO said, citing the Chinese Ministry of Health. She was discharged from a hospital Nov 29.The woman initially tested negative for the virus, but a microneutralization test for H5N1 antibodies later was positive, the WHO reported. “Using this test, a positive diagnosis is made when antibody levels in a blood sample taken late in illness are at least four times higher than those found in a sample taken early in illness,” the agency said. Antibody tests are reliable but slower than direct tests for viral RNA, the statement said.Investigators have linked the woman’s illness to exposure to sick poultry, the WHO said. Poultry outbreaks of H5N1 flu have occurred in Liaoning province. Contacts of the patient were under medical observation, but all remained healthy and have been released.China now has had five confirmed human cases of H5N1 infection, of which two were fatal.In Thailand, health officials confirmed that avian flu caused the death of a 5-year-old boy from the central province of Nakhonnayok, according to the WHO. The boy fell ill on Nov 25, was hospitalized Dec 5, and died 2 days later.Early results of an investigation suggest the boy might have been infected by contact with dead chickens in his neighborhood, the WHO said. Family and neighbors were placed under observation and have stayed healthy so far.Thailand has had five confirmed human cases this year, with two deaths. The country’s total for the past 2 years is 22 cases with 14 deaths.Other news on avian flu comes from Ukraine, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, and Japan.Ukraine’s agriculture minister said H5N1 has been confirmed in the Crimean peninsula, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report today. The minister, Olexandre Baranivsky, said the confirmation came today but gave no details.A health ministry statement earlier today said 17 villages in the Crimea, including some near the central city of Simferopol, have had massive deaths among poultry, according to AFP. Previously the disease had been detected only in the northeast corner of the peninsula.Samples from nine villages had been sent to labs in Britain, Italy, and Russia, the story said.In Turkey, officials have claimed victory over avian flu after testing thousands of birds, according to another AFP report. The country’s agriculture ministry reported to the European Union and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) that the virus has been “completely eradicated.”H5N1 infection was discovered in poultry in Balikesir province on Oct 5. More than 10,000 birds were slaughtered in the area, and about 3,000 birds from Balikesir and around the country have been tested, with no cases found, the story said.However, veterinary experts believe Turkey faces a continued threat of outbreaks because it lies on bird migration routes, according to AFP.Vietnam has been hit by new avian flu outbreaks in two provinces, AFP reported yesterday. An outbreak in Son La province in the north triggered the culling of more than 500 ducks, and 5,000 ducks were destroyed after an outbreak on a farm in the central province of Quang Tri.In Zimbabwe, an H5N2 flu virus has been found on two ostrich farms, according to an AFP report yesterday. H5N2 is a milder strain than H5N1 and is not considered dangerous to humans.The report said Zimbabwe has suspended ostrich and poultry exports and quarantined all ostrich farms. Officials said no poultry outbreaks have been found.An H5N2 outbreak in South Africa last year triggered the killing of 26,000 ostriches, AFP reported.In Japan, evidence of an H5 virus has been found in an area previously hit by H5N2 outbreaks in poultry, AFP reported today. Authorities have ordered the destruction of 19,000 chickens at the site in Ibaraki prefecture near Tokyo.Chickens on the farm tested positive for an antibody indicating previous exposure to an H5 virus, said the report, which cited Kyodo News as its source.See also:Dec 9 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_12_09/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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